Schoolyard Habitat Program

Community Introduction & Invitation to Get Involved

The Seward Schoolyard Habitat Program (SYH) is nearing the end of a 5 month planning phase and now is the time to get community input.
To learn more and to provide input, click here to visit the Seward SYH blog-site. Here is some of the basic background information.

In the late 1990’s the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) began to develop a Schoolyard Habitat program. Since then it has grown from a regional idea into a national program with a full range of training and funding support. At the most basic level, the SYH program gives teachers a highly developed tool to take their science, math, and nature curriculum into the schoolyard and allows students to get outside and be interactively involved with a meaningful project. It is a proven fact, when children become actively involved in an educational project, they take ownership in the goals and the educational value is magnified.
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On May 21st, 2012, a meeting was held with about 12 teachers and other interested people attending; there was unanimous support for bringing the SYH program to all three of Seward’s public schools. Local principals and the District Administration have also given their support. Since teachers and the School District staff are already over worked, the FWS looked for an appropriate non-profit organization to provide the local oversight and management, the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) was the obvious choice. Over the past seven years RBCA has completed numerous effective habitat related projects in the Seward area. For more about the FWS SYH program click on these links:
http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/restoration/pdf/schoolyard_factsheet.pdf
http://www.fws.gov/cno/pdf/HabitatGuideColor.pdf
http://www.anchorageraingardens.com/RGmanualWEB.pdf


Here are just a few of the great project ideas for the Seward School campus:


    Now the Seward community will need to help to decide which projects to do, to help raise matching funds, and to assist with some of the larger project components that are beyond student capacity.


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    All photos gathered from a google web search.

    More
    here: http://sewardschoolyardhabitats.blogspot.com/